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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr BEASLEY (West Sydney) (Minister for Supply and Development) . - I do not see any real objection to the elimination of those words, except that the honorable member for Parramatta (Sir Frederick Stewart) may himself have supplied the reason for their inclusion in his statement that they were included in the old act for the purpose of preventing the unauthorized picking up and relaying by stations of news from overseas. It is difficult sometimes to define " news ", and I suppose that the provision was made in order to give to the Minister a blanket power to be used at his discretion.

Sir Frederick Stewart - Even though the consent of the Minister be no longer necessary, it would be necessary for a station to have the consent of the originating station before it could rebroadcast from that station.

Mr BEASLEY - Yes ; I see no objection to the amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 72 to 74 agreed to.

Clause 75 - (1.) The licensee of a commercial broadcasting station shall -

(d)   within one month after the thirtieth day of June in each year, furnish to the Minister a statutory declaration stating -

(i)   whether the operations of the station during the year ended on that date, resulted in a profit or otherwise; and

(ii)   the gross earnings of the station during that year; and

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